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Antibiotics ineffective against viral sinus infections


March 22nd, 2012 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 22 (IANS) As antibiotics are ineffective against a vast majority of sinus infections caused by viruses, they should not be used in their treatment, new guidelines released by ... Read more...

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Superbugs from space can provide extra energy


February 22nd, 2012 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 22 (IANS) Superbugs from space could help provide extra energy for our needs, being highly efficient in generating electricity. B. Stratosphericus - a bug commonly concentrated in the ... Read more...

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Open windows could help prevent infections


February 20th, 2012 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Air conditioning and the ultra-sterile environment in places like hospitals may actually contribute to infections, say experts.Friendly bacteria found outdoors could be recruited to fend off ... Read more...

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‘Sewage treatment plants abet growth of superbugs’


December 11th, 2011 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) Water discharged into lakes and rivers by sewage treatment plants may contain genes that help create resistant superbugs, warn researchers.Timothy M. LaPara, associate professor in environmental ... Read more...

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Roads speed up deadly superbug spread


September 30th, 2011 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Villages along the roads had greater presence of resistant strains of E. coli bug than rural clusters away from roads, says a new study.The study shows ... Read more...

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Southeast Asian countries to combat drug resistance: WHO


September 6th, 2011 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Sep 6 (IANS) Health ministers from 11 Southeast Asian countries Tuesday adopted the Jaipur Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance committing to preserving the efficacy of antibiotics through rational use and ... Read more...

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Antibiotic dosing guidelines to help counteract superbugs


July 5th, 2011 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 5 (IANS) Doctors can now more confidently administer a drug that protects against bacterial superbugs, thanks to dosing guidelines for the antibiotic colistin.Colistin treats serious infections in critically ... Read more...

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Chemical mechanism behind bugs’ antibiotic resistance identified


April 29th, 2011 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 29 (ANI): For the first time, scientists have discovered a unique chemical mechanism by which bacteria evolve themselves to become resistant to antibiotics.The finding may help in designing compounds to ... Read more...

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Antibiotic-resistant superbugs ‘could take us to pre-Penicillin era’


April 7th, 2011 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 7 (ANI): The World Health Organisation has warned that the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs threatens to take us to pre-Penicillin era where even the smallest infection could be deadly.The overuse ... Read more...

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Copper wins out in battle against MRSA


April 5th, 2011 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): Anti-microbial copper can effectively prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms, such as MRSA, in hospitals, according to an experiment.The experiment from a laboratory at the University of Southampton ... Read more...

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Deadly superbugs can come from animal farms too


January 26th, 2011 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 26 (ANI): It's not only hospitals, superbugs could be also coming from our animal farms, suggests a new study.Ludek Zurek and collaborators from Kansas and North Carolina State Universities have ... Read more...

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Scientists voice concern over new ’superbugs’


October 13th, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 13 (ANI): Scientists worldwide have voiced their concerns regarding the health threat caused by a fresh generation of so-called superbugs.For instance, the gene NDM-1's ability to affect different bacteria and ... Read more...

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Farm animals new source of drug resistant superbugs


September 23rd, 2010 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 23 (IANS) Potentially deadlier strains of food poisoning bugs are spreading in farm animals in Britain. These superbugs have become resistant to antibiotics used in treating infections in both animals ... Read more...

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Now, drug that kills deadly superbugs within 5 minutes


September 19th, 2010 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 19 (ANI): British scientists have developed a drug that may hold the key to eliminating deadly superbugs.The new anti-bacterial drug, code-named XF-73, kills superbugs within five minutes, meaning deadly ... Read more...

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Now, antibiotics to combat drug-resistant ’superbugs’


September 15th, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 15 (ANI): Scientists have developed next-generation of antibiotics, which may fight be able to fight 'superbugs' that are resistant to normal antibiotics.Micha Fridman of Tel Aviv University said that the ... Read more...

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Antibiotics from frog skin may help fight superbugs


August 27th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 27 (IANS) Powerful new antibiotics developed from the skin of frogs could take the fight against superbugs to a higher level. Frog skin is known to have plenty of potent ... Read more...

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Linking India to superbug unfair and wrong, says India (Lead)


August 12th, 2010 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) India Thursday termed as unfair and wrong linking a multiple drug-resistant superbug detected in Britain to India saying a number of such bacteria have also been reported ... Read more...

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Unfair to link superbug to India: Government


August 12th, 2010 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) It is unfair to link a multiple drug-resistant superbug detected in Britain to India as a number of such bacteria survive in nature and have been reported ... Read more...

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Platypus could help beat superbugs, battle climate change


May 6th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, May 6 (ANI): The platypus - a semi-aquatic mammal - could help beat superbugs and fight climate change.In a first, researchers at Victoria's Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have isolated, synthesised ... Read more...

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Low doses of antibiotics can lead to multidrug resistance in ’superbugs’


February 12th, 2010 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 12 (ANI): It is commonly thought that an incomplete course of antibiotics increases the risk of a renewed infection by a 'superbug' that can mount a more powerful defence against ... Read more...

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Antibiotic misuse ‘creating new superbugs’


February 3rd, 2010 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 3 (ANI): Antibiotic misuse can lead to the emergence of new superbugs that might leave doctors without drugs to treat patients, says Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.During a conference in ... Read more...

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Disinfectants make hospital superbugs resistant to antibiotics


December 28th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 28 (ANI): A new study has shown that increased use of disinfectants could cause hospital superbugs to become resistant to antibiotics as well as the disinfectant itself.Disinfectants are used to ... Read more...

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Disinfectants likely to promote growth of superbugs


December 28th, 2009 - 12:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 28 (IANS) Using disinfectants could cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics as well as the disinfectant itself, according to new research, a finding that may have important implications on ... Read more...

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Copper may help fight against superbugs


December 2nd, 2009 - 4:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 2 (ANI): A new British study suggests that copper might be helpful in combating infections caused by microbes.In an experiment at a busy Birmingham teaching hospital, researchers exchanged traditional toilet ... Read more...

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Copper effective in keeping superbugs at bay


December 2nd, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 2 (IANS) Ayurvedic tradition has it that drinking water on an empty stomach that has been stored overnight in a copper urn keeps illness at bay. The belief has some substance ... Read more...

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Scary metaphors can affect public health


August 9th, 2009 - 11:16 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 8 (ANI): Using scary metaphors for any kind of natural disaster or health scare can not only make people notice it, but it can also spread panic or cynicism among ... Read more...

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Disaster metaphors can cause public panic


August 7th, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 7 (IANS) Using disaster metaphors such as 'tsunami', 'perfect storm' and 'bio-terrorism' to mobilize the media, governments and individuals during an emergency can make people sit up and listen, ... Read more...

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in fertilizer


May 29th, 2009 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 29 (ANI): Scientists have found Vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE), an antibiotic resistant bacteria in sewage sludge, a by-product of waste-water treatment frequently used as a fertilizer.Leena Sahlstrom, from the ... Read more...

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Scientists identify processes that reduce lethal effects of toxins from superbugs


May 25th, 2009 - 11:10 am ICT by ANI
London, May 25 (ANI): Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have announced the discovery of some processes that reduce the lethal effects of toxins from superbugs, and, thereby, enable humans and ... Read more...

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Hospital mobile phones spread superbugs


March 6th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 6 (ANI): Mobile phones used by hospital workers can be a source of hospital-acquired infections that kill thousands of people every year, say researchers.These superbugs could easily be transmitted ... Read more...

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Antibiotics losing race against resistant superbugs


January 29th, 2009 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) People are dying of superbugs because the antibiotic armoury has run dry, leaving one unprotected from the depredations of ever-changing bacteria, warned infectious disease researchers. A superbug can ... Read more...

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Mum was right about believing head lice were superbugs


January 27th, 2009 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan 27 (ANI): A new study has confirmed what many parents already knew head louse is a super bug.According to lead researcher Stephen Barker, Associate Professor from the University of ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

First images of superbugs as they spread antibiotic resistance captured


November 4th, 2008 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 4 (ANI): Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have moved a step closer to finding a way to prevent the spread of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as ... Read more...

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Novel nanotechnology paves way for effective anti-superbug drugs


October 13th, 2008 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 13 (ANI): Scientists at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at UCL are using a new nanomechanical approach to study the mechanism whereby an antibiotic called vancomycin can effectively ... Read more...

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Fatal superbug ”epidemic” risk worries Oz scientists


September 8th, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, September 8 (ANI): Leading scientists in Australia have warned that a drug-resistant superbug that attacks healthy teenagers, and can be fatal is posing threat to the country. The global health ... Read more...

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